Friday, December 17, 2021

Interview: Maureen Van Zandt of the Sopranos and Joanna Bonaro Chat with The Ladies of The Libby Show - Hear about The Sopranos, Their Podcasts, New York City Life and More

Actress, dancer, podcast host and producer Maureen Van Zandt (The Sopranos, Lilyhammer) dishes all about her wedding to Steven Van Zandt, her relationship with the Beatles, her new podcast and so much more as she chats with the ladies of THE LIBBY Show on the episode: What is a Podcast? View Here: 

Maureen Van Zandt is joined in this episode by her friend actress Joanna Bonaro, who was also in The Sopranos. They talk about a podcast they did together, called Around the Sun available via the Broadway Podcast Network.

In this interview you'll hear:
- How she met all of the Beatles, saying it's "surreal to her" because she was such as fan since a young age

- Who played at her wedding in NYC and the crime that occurred during it
- Why she started the podcast "Generation Gap"
- How she just loves Mad Men and why
- What she considers meditation, and what she does.
- How important the Renegade Theater is to her and what charities her husband Steven Van Zandt supports

Joanna Bonaro talks about her podcast, Terrace Truth Talkin' and what she thinks about the phrase "middle-age." She'll also talk about her life as an executive and actress and how life experience helps in unexpected ways. And you'll hear about her yearly splurge at Coney Island. 

You can watch the episode here:

About Maureen Van Zandt:

Maureen Van Zandt has appeared on and off-Broadway as an actor, dancer, choreographer, producer, and director. She performed in the Broadway companies of HAIR, Gypsy, and Phantom of the Opera, and Off- Broadway in Golden Boy, Burn This, Etta Jenks, Simpatico, Dutchman, The Who’s Tommy, and many others, including Ferite a Morte at the U.N. She is Co-Artistic Director of Renegade Theatre Company, and co-producer of the Broadway show Once Upon A Dream, and also the Broadway-bound musical Piece of My Heart

Maureen played mob wife Gabriella Dante on HBO's The Sopranos for 6 seasons and guest starred on the Netflix hit Lilyhammer, in addition to film work. She teaches Acting for Ballet Dancers at American Ballet Theatre School and is director/choreographer of the Garage Girls, a Go-Go dance group. She currently co-hosts the pop culture Generation Gap podcast with comedian Josh Accardo. Maureen is a proud recipient of the Count Basie Vanguard Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and is a board member of both the Basie Center for the Arts and the Rockit Academy Foundation.

About Joanna Bonaro:

Joanna Bonaro is a NYC-based actress. She won the prestigious Bronze REMI Award for her comedy TV pilot, Good 'n Screwed as well as other festival awards.  She has been seen on The Sopranos, Law and Order, SVU, Mozart in the Jungle, Boardwalk Empire and others. She is a member of the Renegade Theater Company.